How To: Set Webcam Permissions (Windows 10)


NOTE: The same procedure may need to be performed to enable the Microphone as well.

Plug-In Your Webcam

Connect your webcam to your computer by plugging in the USB cable of the webcam into a USB slot on your computer.

Displaying what a USB plug looks like

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Driver Installation

You may see a message displayed in the notifications area that Windows is installing or setting up your device, then another prompt letting you know that the device has been set up and is ready to be used. Windows 10, by default, should install the device drivers automatically. If you have disabled this option within your Windows 10 system, you may need to install the drivers manually.


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Set Webcam Privacy Settings

If your webcam does not seem to work for Zoom, Kaltura Capture, or any other application, you may need to adjust the "Privacy" settings for the webcam. 

  1. Click the "Start" button
  2. Click on "Settings"

Displaying location of the Start menu, and the Settings menu

When the "Windows Settings" window appears, locate and click on "Privacy."

location of Privacy setting

  1. When the "Privacy" options open, locate "Camera" in the left column and click on it.
  2. Then locate and click the "Change" button under "Camera access for this device is off."
  3. In the pop-up that appears, locate the slider and set it to "On."

If your settings already have "Camera access for this device On," you can move to the next step.

location of camera access change button

Camera Access for this device on

  1. Make sure you have the option; "Allow apps to access your camera," set to "On."
  2. Lastly, scroll down and set the option; "Allow desktop apps to access your camera" to "On."

showing Allow apps to access you camera option on

showing desktop applications that have access to your camera enabeld


You should now be able to use the webcam in any Windows desktop application. Go ahead and try it out with Zoom, Kaltura Capture, or whichever Windows application you need to use the webcam within.


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